The Moore County Historical Society will present a program on The Dixie Highway at the Masonic Lodge in Lynchburg on Sunday: March 13 at 2:00 pm. The meeting is open to the public and guests are welcome.
Marjorie Collier will discuss the Dixie Highway, the first major north/south paved highway in the United States, built mostly between the years 1915 and 1927 to connect Chicago with Miami. It was to have a major impact on the society, culture, and economics of the country. The original route ran through Tullahoma coming in on what is now Highway 130 through Franklin County and leaving through Bedford County and parts of Moore County.
Marjorie S. Collier was born in Madison, Indiana and grew up in Lexington, Kentucky. She received Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kentucky and a Master of Science in Teaching degree from MTSU. She has taught at Tennessee Tech and substituted at local schools. She has worked at Tennessee OSHA, and at Arnold Center, she worked as an engineer for contractor ARO, Corps of Engineers, and Air Force Civil Service. She obtained a license as a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Tennessee. She was married to Herman Collier and is the mother of five children and grandmother of ten children.
Her interests include history and preserving natural areas. She is a charter member of the Historic Preservation Society of Tullahoma and Friends of Short Springs (State Natural Area). Marjorie is co-author of “Coffee County from Arrowheads to Rockets” and editor of the Historic Society’s publication, “Tullahoma Time-Table”. She has served on the Tullahoma Board of Mayor and Aldermen and Tullahoma Utilities Board and is currently a member of the Historic Zoning Commission of Tullahoma. She sings in the choir at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church and fills in on organ when the regular organist is absent.
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